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Windstorm Waves Rock Lake Roosevelt Boats
August, 2014 | KREM.com
LAKE ROOSEVELT, Wash.— About one dozen boats collided Saturday during a massive windstorm on Lake Roosevelt. The storm was the last thing anyone on the Roosevelt Poker Run expected.


Arrest made in fatal Lake Washington boat crash
July, 2014 | King 5 News
SEATTLE - Police have arrested a 46-year-old Renton man, who was driving motorboat that collided with a sailboat on Lake Washington. He was booked into King County Jail on charges of homicide by motor craft.



Anchor hauled up; is it 222-year-old relic from Vancouver’s fleet?
June, 2014 | The Seattle Times
A crane  off Whidbey Island hauled up a lost ship’s anchor that a group of history buffs believe is the only surviving relic of Capt. George Vancouver’s famed 1792 voyage into Puget Sound.


Group proposes recycling old 520 bridge into public marina
May, 2014 | King 5 News
SEATTLE -- A new plan is being "floated" to recycle the old Evergreen Point Bridge across Lake Washington, and turn it into a public marina on Elliott Bay.



Crescent Bar Closed to Boaters for Summer 2014
May, 2014 | King 5 News
Businesses are feeling the economic ripples due to the damaged Wanapum Dam.Thirty-seven miles of the river upstream are now at historic low levels and due to public safety concerns are off limits to the public.


Centre designed to establish new paddling district in Nanaimo
May, 2014 | Nanaimo News Bulletin
The Nanaimo Boathouse Society will float concepts for a new civic paddling centre to the city’s Parks, Recreation and Culture Commission with hopes of getting early support to move the project ahead.



Bellingham Boat Builder Begins Work on 2 Ferries
April, 2014 | The Bellingham Herald
BELLINGHAM - A local waterfront boat builder is about to begin a major project that is expected to bring improved passenger ferry service to King County.



Boat sinks near Texada Island Women swims to shore
April, 2014 | CBC News
Initial reports were that the woman managed to survive a six-hour swim back to shore in the 10 C water. But police have since raised doubts about that scenario and say alcohol may have played a role in the incident.




The Boat Guy - Gear Up!

Hydroplane racing legend Chip Hanauer is in a new public service campaign called "Gear Up."

“Gear Up” uses the analogy of wearing proper sports equipment with wearing a life jacket to
prevent accidental drownings in Washington State.


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Visiting the downtown Seattle waterfront during construction - Bell Harbor Marina is open for business!

by NWBoatInfo.com on 09/26/14

Waterfront Construction & Getting Around - News from the Port of Seattle: You may have heard the Elliott Bay Seawall is being replaced. You may have also heard downtown Seattle waterfront businesses will be closed due to the construction from October 2014 until June 2015. What you may not have heard is the seawall construction stops south of Bell Harbor Marina, the marina will be open for business, and there will still be plenty to see and do for boaters! View News at Port of Seattle.
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Lady Washington in for a facial and more at Port Townsend Boat Haven

by NWBoatInfo.com on 09/26/14

PORT TOWNSEND — One of the most prominent tall ships in operation is spending its down time in the Port Townsend Boat Haven this week as a two-week repair period finishes up.

After appearing at the Wooden Boat Festival earlier this month, the Lady Washington was hauled out of the water for maintenance and repairs aimed at refurbishing the propeller and repainting the hull, according to Capt. Ken Lazarus. See full story at Peninsula Daily News.

The 10 Best Cities for Boaters

by NWBoatInfo.com on 08/27/14

A report from REDFIN shows Seattle as number 9 for the 10 best cities for boaters. See full report at REDFIN.

Elco Motor Yachts Launches New Line of Electric Outboards

by NWBoatInfo.com on 08/27/14

ATHENS, N.Y. – Elco Motor Yachts, a leader in electric and hybrid marine propulsion for more than 120 years, is applying its expertise to the electric outboard motor category. The company is launching a new line of 5- and 7-horsepower motors that provide all the signature benefits of Elco’s electric inboard motors. See full story at Boating Industry:

A $26 Vessel Documentation Renewal Fee Is Coming Soon

by NWBoatInfo.com on 08/20/14

August, 2014, The Coast Guard is amending its regulations to separately list an annual fee for renewals of endorsements upon the Certificate of Documentation.

This final rule separately lists a fee of $26 to cover the current costs of the vessel documentation services provided by the Coast Guard. It will increase the annual Certificate of Documentation fee collections so that they more accurately reflect the actual costs to the Coast Guard of providing the documentation services. See USCG press release.

2014 Boats Afloat Show Press Release:

by NWBoatInfo.com on 08/12/14

More boats, new shoreside and in-water exhibitors, seminars, docking classes and new food vendors for 2014.

SEATTLE – August 11, 2014 – Regular attendees at Seattle’s 36th annual Lake Union Boats Afloat Show will notice quite a few new attractions this year —from the addition of seminars and in-water docking classes to a new layout, new exhibitors, new food vendors, and entertainment for the kids provided by Disney Radio. First-timers will no doubt be mesmerized by the wide variety of boats on display—from sport boats to sailboats, trawlers to mega yachts and everything in between. This year’s show is also notable for having more boats than any time since 2007. The show opens on Wednesday September 10th and continues through Sunday 14th, 2014 and is sponsored by Word Yachts. View full press release here.

BUI Arrests Down at Seafair

by NWBoatInfo.com on 08/06/14

SEATTLE — The number of people arrested on suspicion of boating under the influence during Seafair weekend was lower as of Sunday evening than in years past.

Police said there were 30 BUI incidents, a reckless boating citation and one minor in possession of marijuana.

Last year, 67 people were arrested during Seafair weekend. Back in 2009, 110 people were arrested on suspicion of BUI. See full story at KIRO News:

 

Windstorm Waves Rock Lake Roosevelt Boats

by NWBoatInfo.com on 08/06/14

LAKE ROOSEVELT, Wash.— About one dozen boats collided Saturday during a massive windstorm on Lake Roosevelt. The storm was the last thing anyone on the Roosevelt Poker Run expected.

The beautiful weather brought more than 60 boaters to the lake Saturday for the Roosevelt Poker Run. Then it took a turn for the worse. Boaters were hit with wind, rain, rain and large waves. Witnesses said the storm lasted for nearly 25 minutes as boaters struggled to hold onto their boats. 
See full report and video at KREM.com.

 

1 Person Hurt when Two Boat Collided on Lake Washington

by NWBoatInfo.com on 08/06/14

August 6th, 2014 >  SEATTLE (AP) - Seattle police say two small power boats sustained a glancing blow as they passed each other Tuesday evening on Lake Washington. A 50-year-old woman was transported to a Seattle hospital for minor injuries to her ribs and back. See full report at KOMO News:

Boaters denied entry to Andrews Bay after Blue Angels

by NWBoatInfo.com on 08/04/14

Those attempting to enter Andrews Bay on Seafair Saturday afternoon are left scratching their heads after being turned away. At the conclusion of the Blue Angels Air Show, vessels not associated with the log boom were cleared to proceed into the area. Many at the south end turning the corner around Bailey Peninsula into Andrews Bay got a shock when they realized the barge for that nights fireworks display was sitting right in the middle. Confusion ensued. View full story here.

It's Seafair Week!

by NWBoatInfo.com on 07/29/14

The fleet is arriving today and tours begin on Wednesday. The Blue Angels arrived and a practice session over Lake Washington begins on Thursday. Hydro qualifying starts Friday and races on Saturday & Sunday. There’s talk of an air show Friday, Saturday and Sunday…Happy Seafair!

2 Boats Collide on Lake Washington Near Leschi

by NWBoatInfo.com on 07/17/14

A young woman was killed Wednesday night when a sailboat and power boat collided on Lake Washington.

The operators of both boats are under investigation for boating under the influence of alcohol. The accident happened North of Leschi around 10:40 p.m. Both boats were towed to a dock located at Lake Washington Blvd and East Jefferson Street in Seattle. See KIRO 7 News report.

 

Information Released for the 2014 Lake Union Boats Afloat Show.

by NWBoatInfo.com on 07/14/14

SEATTLE July 14, 2014 Seattle’s 36th annual Lake Union Boats Afloat Show will get underway this year on Wednesday September 10th and continues through Sunday 14th, 2014.  Click here to view full press release and details.

Victoria man to try paddleboarding across Strait of Juan de Fuca to Port Angeles

by NWBoatInfo.com on 07/11/14

VICTORIA — A Victoria man will make an attempt to paddle his stand-up paddleboard across the Strait of Juan de Fuca to Port Angeles, perhaps as soon as Sunday.

Darren Bachiu, 36, thinks he may be the first person to ever make the attempt on the surfboard-like craft.
He cannot find any record of anyone making the crossing on a paddleboard, which he uses to explore Vancouver Island's coast.

“This is a challenge. I will give it a go and hope to get it done on the first run,” Bachiu said.

If, for some reason he fails to make it on that first try, he said he plans to try again until he succeeds.

“I will paddle until my arms fall off,” he said.

The timing of his attempt will depend on tides and weather. Tides would work in his favor on Sunday, Monday or Tuesday, and look even better on July 15, Bachiu said. See full story at Peninsula Daily News.

Boat Fire in Anacortes | July 7th, 2014

by NWBoatInfo.com on 07/08/14

Reports of the fire says it was a 40 foot vessel however from the picture it looks to be a 54 foot Bayliner or Meridian Pilothouse.

ANACORTES — The Fire Department battled a fire on a 40-foot boat in the ...Anacortes Marina. The boat is located in the A dock, Fire Chief Richard Curtis said, but nearby boats have already been moved to a safe location.

“What we’ve done so far is removed the boats next to it so we don’t have the exposure,” Curtis said. The boat was unoccupied, officials said. No one has been injured fighting the fire. Source: GoSkagit.com
 

Ferry crew rescues man who fell from boat in Elliott Bay

by NWBoatInfo.com on 06/24/14

SEATTLE | June 23rd  -- A crew from the ferry boat Wenatchee rescued a man who had been knocked off his boat into the chilly waters of Elliott Bay Monday afternoon.

The Coast Guard... received a distress call around 11 a.m., stating a man was clinging to the side of his boat in the waters near the Elliott Bay Marina, said Kyle Moore with Seattle Fire. The man eventually fell into the water.

The Washington State ferry Wenatchee and Coast Guard responded to help, with a crew from the Wenatchee reaching the man first and plucking him from the water. See full story at KOMO News:

Aerial footage of the M/V Polar Bear in San Diego on June 19th.

by NWBoatInfo.com on 06/21/14

Aerial footage of the M/V Polar Bear in San Diego on June 19th.

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‘Raise the Paddle’ Takes on New Meaning at Inaugural Paddle for Parkinson’s Event on July 26

by NWBoatInfo.com on 06/12/14

Local kayakers and SUP-ers invited to spend a day on the water paddling to raise awareness and funds for Parkinson’s research

 SEATTLE – June 11, 2014 We’re all familiar with raise the paddle. It’s that moment at an auction or fundraiser event when you’re asked to dig deep, open your wallet and make a monetary donation directly towards the non-profit hosting the event. However on July 26, raise your paddle will mean something entirely different. At the inaugural Paddle for Parkinson’s regional event, organizers are inviting all paddlers and want-to-be paddlers to come out and raise their paddles and dip them into the water for a 4-mile race or a 1-mile fun paddle to raise awareness for Parkinson disease (PD). Event organizers hope the fun day on the water will raise $10,000 to benefit the Washington Chapter of the American Parkinson Disease Association (APDA)

 See full press release.

Anchor hauled up; is it 222-year-old relic from Vancouver’s fleet?

by NWBoatInfo.com on 06/10/14

A crane on Monday off Whidbey Island hauled up a lost ship’s anchor that a group of history buffs believe is the only surviving relic of Capt. George Vancouver’s famed 1792 voyage into Puget Sound. See full story at The Seattle Times.

Washington State Park officials mull higher marine fees

by NWBoatInfo.com on 06/08/14

SEATTLE -- If you're a boater on Puget Sound what you pay to moor at marine state parks could be going up. Washington State Parks is asking boaters for their ideas and feedback before any fee changes are made.

Boaters are invited to take an online 30-question confidential survey that takes about five to 15 minutes to complete. The deadline for completion is June 15th.

It currently costs 60 cents a foot to moor on a state park dock overnight.  The state is asking boaters if they would consider paying 80 cents a foot. That means a 30-foot boat would pay approximately $25 per night. The agency is also asking boaters to consider an increase for buoy moorage.  Overnight moorage on buoy could increase from $12 to $15.  Annual moorage and seasonal permits could also change. Full story at KOMO News.

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The beautiful weather brought more than 60 boaters to the lake for the Roosevelt Poker Run. Then it took a turn for the worse. Boaters were hit with wind, rain, rain and large waves. Witnesses said the storm lasted for nearly 25 minutes as boaters struggled to hold onto their boats.
Three of the seven people on the 21-foot sailboat were thrown in the water, Seattle Fire Department spokesman Kyle Moore said. They included a woman in her 20s who died, as well as a man in his 40s and a woman in her 30s. The injured man and woman were reported in serious but stable condition.
What is believed by a group of amateur historians to be an anchor from the Vancouver expedition is pulled out of the water off Whidbey Island. Plans are to have the anchor stored for viewing for several weeks in Port Townsend.  Photo: Steve Ringman / The Seattle Times
520 pontoon marina concept involves taking 2 of the bridge's 33 pontoons & dragging them to the Elliott Bay waterfront near Pier 50.  The marina would be protected by the large concrete structures. Source: King 5 News
The Grant County Public Utility District (PUD) which operates the dam, said a fracture at the base of the dam forced them to lower the river level to protect it. The PUD blamed the problem on a mathematical error made by engineers designing the dam 50 years ago.  Source: King 5 News
A Nanaimo not-for-profit organization is looking to transform the Newcastle Channel into a “paddling district”.The rendering by architect Ian Niamath provides a look of a new paddling centre. Source: Nanaimo News Bulletin
All American Marine hosted a ceremony on Friday, April 25, to kick off construction work on two aluminum passenger ferries for the King County Ferry District. Each boat will be about 105 feet long and carry up to 250 passengers.  Source: Bellingham Herald
Jordan Patrick Beaudoin, 38, of Sechelt, and his wife, who has not been identified, were on a five-metre (16-foot) open boat on their way back from a day of recreational fishing at the north end of Texada Island when they ran into trouble. Jordan was lost. Source: CBC News
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